Ada teacher cleared of wrongdoing

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

ADA, Okla. -- An investigation of a school teacher since November has been closed.

We first told you about the shocking allegations last month. Allegations leveled at Ada High School teacher Kathy Lowry by some of her own students. Now an investigation by the school's attorney says she did nothing wrong and should keep her job.

Four months. Eight pages. It all boils down to this:
“I do not find sufficient evidence that would support the school administration taking any action against Ms. Lowry based on the allegations made against her at the February 11, 2008 board of education meeting...” Those are Kenneth Johnson’s words. He is the school attorney, and the man Ada Superintendent Pat Harrison asked to investigate the whole thing.

It was February when Ada High students Daniel Luhmann and Jane Cooper went before the school board, firing a barrage of accusations at English teacher Kathy Lowry. Stating, among other things, that the teacher handed out valium to students on an airplane, provided alcohol in her hotel room on a school trip, and drove the school van after having alcoholic drinks with dinner. They also claimed Lowry was harassing them at school, and even after-hours--trying to get them to keep quiet.

Lowry fired back last week by suing her former student and his mother for slander and libel. Also named in that suit is a colleague of Lowry’s – Sharon Dean, who is also a teacher at Ada, and Christy Dean.

Nobody involved would grant us an on-camera interview Thursday, although Rachel Vick did speak off-camera and submitted a statement through her attorney, which called Johsnon’s report ‘incomplete’ it goes on to say ‘this matter is far from being over…’

Superintendent Pat Harrison also sat down to answer questions off-camera. He said as far as the school is concerned, this matter is closed. But with attorneys now fully involved on all sides, the real battle could just be getting started.

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  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Apr 1, 2008 at 08:38 PM
    No Republican, I did not make your point. You have no point. You fail to comprehend even the most elementary precepts of law. Those who continue to question her character based upon what is currently known about this case, don't matter. They (you) are the radical fringe. By the way, I hear you were involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. Can you prove that you weren't?
  • by White Guy on Apr 1, 2008 at 09:08 AM
    If race truly isn't an issue for you then you shouldn't have to worry about stepping on toes. I grew up in Denison with tons of black friends and I talk to them the same way I talk with my white friends. I say black people all the time ariound them and they could not care less. Michael, you my friend, are a moron. That is spelled m-o-r-o-n.
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Apr 1, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    Ralph, you made my point. Teachers should know that they are held to a higher standard by society. If they can't comprehend that then they should not be in the profession. You would think teachers would be the last professionals caught up in any questionable situation, and they would know better not to get caught up in any questionable situation. We need and deserve teachers that are going to be a positive example to the students at work and after work. And I know many. If you can't trust a teacher to do the right things and set a good example for others, then who can you trust anymore? You say she doesn't need to address the the issue in public, that's fine, her character will always be in question though. But what I am saying is if she totally did nothing wrong, why remain silent? What's to fear?
  • by fellow teacher Location: Sherman on Apr 1, 2008 at 07:48 AM
    No she does not have to say anything. And, I am sure her lawyer told her not to. I am glad I never had any of your kids (Republican) because it sounds as if you are one of those parents who always blame the teacher, and never take the responsibility of raising your own kids. I am sure kids were perfect, and the teachers were ALWAYS wrong.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Mar 31, 2008 at 10:24 PM
    Republican, While teachers and public servants may be held to a higher standard of behavior, they are not held to a higher standard when it comes to equal protection under the law. An accusation was made, an investigation was conducted, and there was found to be no credible evidence to take action against her. She has no obligation whatsoever to address this issue in a public forum, nor is she subject to any sanctions until such time it is proven she violated the law. This is fundamental constitutional law. Guilt, not innocence, must be proved under our system of justice. That applies to everyone, even you.
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Mar 31, 2008 at 01:19 PM
    Ralph and Joe, if she truley did none of these things that she is accused of then why remain silent on the issue especially when she is the one that filed the lawsuit against the boy and his mother and her fellow co-workers. It only asks more questions about what really went on during those periods. It is her duty to explain just what the facts are because she is a person of stature and a state employee, a teacher. Just because the school's attorney did not find Sufficient Evidence for the school to act against her doesn't mean nothing happened or she is innocent. Most importantly, as a teacher, she has an ethical and moral duty to prove she did none of these things she is accused of.
  • by Joe Location: Byng on Mar 30, 2008 at 06:53 PM
    You don't have to prove your innocent, your accusers have to prove your guilt. You should use the verb proven (Republican)not proved. She has not proven her innocence, not proved. Bad english/grammar my friend!
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Mar 30, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    We cannot be surprised that Republican insists this teacher make public statements, and somehow prove her innocence. Such a spin on our constitutional rights has become SO Republican. It is no longer enough to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, one must prove themselves innocent in a public forum. It is not enough to follow legal procedures as prescribed by law. No, the accused must now prove what is virtually impossibe to prove. Perhaps she should be sent to Gitmo for a few years until something can be found to try her on. What could anyone reasonably expect her to do or say to PROVE her innocence? Provide a videotape of satellite survelience? Waterboard the kid until he admits he lied or stretched the truth. No herr Republican, she must do nothing until such time credible evidence is presented against her. For whatever reason, the authorities do not find the case against her to be credible. Time to move on.
  • by its funny on Mar 30, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    that kxii will not post my comments regarding their liability/slander in this matter.
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Mar 29, 2008 at 10:23 PM
    Bill, the investigating attorney did not say she didn't do anything wrong and should keep her job. He said that there was not Sufficient Evidence for the school board to act against her because the boy and his mother did not prove their allegations against the teacher. But she, the teacher has never made a public comment denying these allegations either. She has said nothing! She has a duty as a teacher to disprove these allegations to clear her own name personally. But if these allegations are possibly true, she's doing the right thing by not saying anything to incriminate herself.
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